Waterfalls are one of the most interesting geographical constructs. They are usually found in the top course of a river that falls off a steep mountainous arrangement.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in India is the Jog falls which is located in Sagara, Karnataka. It is the second highest in India as far as plunging waterfalls are concerned.
Jog falls is 253 m tall and has an elevation of 464 m. The waterfall has a single drop that is around 472 m wide and it is along the course of Sharavati River. The flow rate is around 153 m3 /s. It gets separated into four distinct falls along the course named Raja, Roarer, Rani and Rocket. The viewpoint of the waterfalls and the bottom are connected by a flight of stairs comprising of 1400 steps. The flow is constrained by the Linganamakki dam project, especially during monsoons.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Like every other seasonal waterfall in India, Jog falls is best to visit during the early monsoon or during the onset of winter because of the beautiful weather conditions that prevail during those periods of time. The grandeur of the falls can be experienced at its best during monsoon which falls between mid of June and September.
WAYS TO REACH JOG FALLS
Jog falls is easily accessible through roadways. From Bangalore, one has to travel 378 km through NH 206 to reach Jog falls. It is nearer to towns of Sagar and Siddapur as well.
The railway station that is nearest to Jog falls is in Thalaguppa located in Shimoga district. One can also reach Mangalore international airport which is the nearest airport to the falls and then take the roadways.
THINGS TO DO IN JOG FALLS
Other than the marvellous cascades of Jog falls that serve as the major tourist attraction, there are various other places around that can interest travellers of different sorts.
The Honnemaradu lake located at a distance of 10 km from Jog falls is known for its water sports activities. This comprises of backwater activities and boating activities.
The tiger and lion reserve called Shettihalli sanctuary which is located beside the Tunga Anicut dam. This place attracts travellers who are interested in wildlife. For people who are looking for a nice picnic spot to have a nice time with their family, the Tunga Anicut dam is the best option.
The kanoor fort known as ‘Keladi Kote’ by the local is the fort that was built by the kings of Keladi dynasty. This place is of historical importance and is located at a distance of 18 km from the falls. For those who are looking for a religious destination around Jog falls to visit with their families, the Shingandur chowdeshwari temple in Singandur is the best option.
There are various other options such as adventure treks down the gorges of the mountains and hiking along the mountains to reach the viewpoint of the waterfalls which will be an experience of a lifetime for the travellers.